Okay, so I am one of those people who constantly tests the limit of how far you can truly go before you need an oil change. I have been known to go as much as 9,000 miles over the recommended miles! I know all you car people are cringing right now! When I bought my car the dealership even gave me 10 free oil changes (we all know it’s not really free) and I STILL couldn’t manage to get my butt in there.
The real issue with why I wasn’t getting my oil changed was the time! The dealerships all take an hour or more to change the freakin oil. I am a full time working mom with 3 kids, if I had an hour of free time, I’m surely not going to spend it sitting inside a dealership waiting for them to change my oil. That is, until I found out that I could actually get paid to get my oil changed! All of a sudden it didn’t seem like such a waste of time! [Read more…]
My weight has always been a struggle for me. I was not gifted with a high metabolism, and maintaining a decent weight has always involved a lot of work. While I was growing up, I was always involved with sports, which helped to keep the weight off. In college, most of my calories were consumed in liquid form. This caused me to walk most of the places I went, and in turn, not gain much weight. But after graduating college and joining the real world, where day drinking was suddenly frowned upon, and responsibility became a real thing, my weight started creeping up on me. By the time I had my second child, I was the heaviest I had ever been.
The Morning Grind
Knowing I needed to take control of my weight, I started waking up at 5:30AM to get a workout in. This sucked. It really sucked. First of all, I am totally not a morning person. Second, I had a newborn and a toddler at home. I was either up half the night with them, or on the occasion that they did sleep through the night, they would decide that they also wanted to be up at 5:30. So morning workouts ended up being few and far between.
How To Stay Fit In An Office Job
Since mornings were out and by evening, after dinner was made, kids were in bed, and dishes were done, I was too exhausted to even think about a work out. I decided that I needed to figure out a way to get some sort of exercise in while I was at the office. Instead of paying to use a gym, I thought why not get a workout in while getting paid?
So here are my tips to staying fit while working an office job: [Read more…]
I don’t know about you, but the men in my life are HARD to buy for! Girls are easy, you can never go wrong with a candle, some clothes or some divine smelling bath products. But my biggest stress for the Holidays is deciding what the men in my life will love!
Well ladies, I am on top of it this year, and don’t worry, I’m on top of it for you too! I have scoured the internet and am bringing you the best gifts for the men in your lives!
I love being a working mom. I love being able to go to work and converse with adults all day and the alone time that it brings. I love that I have a career and that I am able to make my own money. There are some people who are totally cut out to be a stay at home mom. They are super creative, they love to play and they are great at and love being a homemaker. I’m not one of those people. As much as I truly adore my kids, I have always said that I would probably be in the psych ward if I had to stay home all day. I’m not creative, I’m not good at coming up with art projects for them to do, and I’m awful at imaginative play! As much as I would love to be, I am certainly no Martha Stewart.
Even though I love my job, I’m still a victim of that damn mom guilt. Every morning I drop my kids off at daycare, I give them a big hug and kiss, as they run eagerly inside, anxious to play. As I walk back to my car, guilt starts to creep in. That stupid mom guilt that someone else is spending all day with my kids. That I only see my kids for a few hours after they wake up and before they go to bed. I feel guilty that I love my job. [Read more…]
It seems just like yesterday that I was pregnant with my first born. We were young and freshly married. The pregnancy came as a surprise to us, just weeks after returning home from our honeymoon getaway in Cabo. Like any soon to be new mom, I was terrified. My constant thoughts revolved around… “I’m not ready to be a mom yet!”…” Am I even old enough to be a mom?”…” How am I supposed to keep this thing alive?”… I can’t even be trusted to keep a plant alive, who would trust me with a baby? “. But then 9 months later I was holding that tiny alien in my arms, and all those natural mom instincts just seem to drop out of nowhere.
For the year and a half that followed our whole life was consumed with this new baby. He was the center of our universe, he got all of our attention, and let’s be honest, he pretty much ran the show around here. So when we found out we were expecting alien number 2, I had a whole new set of worries. Okay, I was still worried about how I was going to keep this one alive as well, because I’m pretty sure it was sheer luck that number one was still kicking, and now I was going to have 2 to worry about! But I was also worried about how the transition to adding a new sibling would go.
No matter how much we tried to explain it, 2 year olds just don’t grasp the whole pregnancy thing. He looked at us like we were certifiably crazy when we tried to tell him there was a baby in mom’s tummy. I’m convinced he thought that my growing belly was the result of the countless burritos I was consuming on the daily. So to a toddler, a baby pretty much just drops out of thin air (maybe this is where the whole stork thing comes from). And in an instant, their whole world is turned upside down.
I wanted this transition to go as smoothly as possible. I didn’t want my oldest to feel like he was getting replaced or his spot was being taken. I hoped to create a lifelong friendship not a rivalry. Here are some things I did that I think really helped to prevent sibling jealousy in the new baby. [Read more…]
here!A few days ago I wrote a post about how to make money off of your clothes. I introduced you to an app I found called Poshmark, where you can sell your own clothes, as well as buy designer clothes at discounted prices. If you didn’t see that post, check it out
Once you start your own Poshmark closet you can quickly turn your unwanted clothes into money! The site couldn’t be easier to use, and you don’t need anything fancy to start your closet. It is as easy as taking a picture on your smart phone and uploading it onto their ready to go template. Once a sale is made, Poshmark takes care of all the shipping logistics. All you have to do is print out the shipping label that they e-mail you, slap it onto your package and leave it for your mailman to pick up! Poshmark does charge a hefty 20% commission for all this ease, but it is well worth it to not have to worry about anything! [Read more…]
I remember digging through my closet a few years ago throwing everything on the floor in huffy, because “I had nothing to wear!”. As my husband bravely entered the danger zone, I was having an adult sized tantrum, throwing all of my clothes into a giant pile. Frantically, I was trying to find something that actually fit me and looked decent. As he stared at a clothes pile nearing the size of Mt. Everest, he cautiously asked, “what do you mean you have nothing to wear”. I started throwing clothes at him giving an excuse for each article I was throwing….”this is too small, this makes me look fat, I hate the way my arms look in this, I have nothing that goes with this”. I was acting insane. Surely, he was seconds from committing me to a psych ward, but instead he asked, “If these clothes make you so upset, why do you keep them in your closet, knowing good and well that you aren’t going to wear them?”.
I started thinking about all the reasons why I did keep a closet full of clothes that I don’t wear… [Read more…]
73 degrees on a late October day in the UP is almost unheard of. Which explains why every parking spot at both Sugarloaf and Thomas Rock were completely filled. Locals and tourists alike knowing that we will likely not get another day like this for at least 8 months. The fall colors are at their prime this time of year, and we couldn’t not take advantage of this beautiful day to get out and experience them.
Our initial plan was to go to Thomas Rock. Thomas Rock is a beautiful look out spot near Big Bay, about 23 miles from Marquette. You can take County Road 550 from Marquette towards Big Bay. Keep a lookout on the right side of the road for a brown sign that will point you towards Thomas Rock. You will take a left onto County Road 510, and the entrance for Thomas Rock is about a mile down 510 on the right. It is definitely a must see if you are coming into the area, and we thought that this would be the perfect site to take in all the beauty of Fall on this summer like day! Well, everyone else thought this was a great idea too, because when we pulled into the parking lot, there wasn’t a single spot left. [Read more…]
By the end of my maternity leave with my first 2 children, I was ready to go back to work. I was ready to have some time to myself again, ready for things to go back to some kind of normal. I liked being able to go to work and converse with adults, people who actually understood logic. While my kids meant the world to me, I was just never someone who enjoyed the baby phase. I loved my job. I loved being able to go to work everyday, and having my own career, and my own thing to do. When I had my third, everything changed. I think because I knew it was my last, I soaked in every second with him, and really truly enjoyed it. For the first time in my life, I had dreams of being a stay at home. I cried that whole last week of my maternity leave. Even though I love my job, I was not ready to go back.
No matter how ready you are to go back to work after maternity leave, those first few weeks back can be rough, really rough!
I have put together some tips for surviving that first week back. Although there is nothing that can make this week easy, hopefully having these tips and this knowledge in your back pocket will soften the blow a little bit. [Read more…]
Poshmark closet that I had neglected. I was going to finally get my life in order. Well, 7 weeks passed, and none of that happened. I did manage to watch almost the whole series of Once Upon A Time as I sat on the couch, filling my day with endless baby snuggles. And most days I was even able to clean the kitchen and living room, and make dinner, before everyone got home, and messed it up all again. [Read more…]And just like that, it’s over, 7 weeks went by way too fast. 7 weeks of not having anything to do, but cuddle this new adorable life that I just created. I had such high hopes for the past 7 weeks. For the past 9 months I have been planning this time. I was going to clean out my basement. I was going to finally de-clutter my house. I was going to work hard on the my